The Bottle & Glass Inn, transposed from the Midlands to the North East to accommodate Stan & Ollie on their visit to Newcastle. No wonder they weren’t impressed. (Image Ricoh GR)
The story of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s last tour — in England as it happens — provided a great couple of hours’ entertainment. I strongly recommend Stan & Ollie to anyone who remembers Laurel and Hardy from their youth. Or to anyone who has never heard of them, for that matter. It’s good to watch..
Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel and John C.Reilly as Oliver Hardy were outstanding. By the end of the film they were Laurel and Hardy to my eyes. It was something of a disappointment later when I fired up YouTube and watched an original short film. The real characters looked rather alien.
But the purpose of this article is not to review Stan & Ollie, rather it is to comment on location photography. Finding the right places for an early 1950s film isn’t easy. But when I saw the rather unlikely hotel supposedly occupied by the comedy duo in Newcastle-on-Tyne, I had a clear recollection of the building. But where had I seen it? The viaduct in the background, a hallmark of Newcastle, was a distraction until I realised it had been added in post processing.
Look out for this parade of period shops if you visit Stan & Laurel — another film location at the Black Country Museum (Image Ricoh GR)
After pondering for a time it came back to me. This was the Bottle & Glass Inn from the Black Country Museum. I had paid a visit in 2015 with my then-current fave-rave, the Ricoh GR. I covered it in this article in April 2015. Several more of the street scenes in Stan & Ollie were also filmed at the Black Country Museum, an excellent example of the living museum concept. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are in the Midlands.